We provide access to high quality information on all aspects of living with cancer which is available in different formats like literature, DVD, tapes, and large print. We can provide the following:
By phone 0191 5410122
By email email@example.com
The centre is located at Sunderland Royal Hospital, B Floor to the right of the main lifts, most easily accessed from the main entrance on Kayll Road.
The service can be accessed:
0191 5410122 or alternatively on 0191 5656256 Ext: 47657. There is an answering machine available when the office is unmanned. Messages left on the answer phone will be answered within 24 hours (or the next working day).
Drop into the information centre on B Floor next to the main lifts. We also have supportive information stands where you can pick up leaflets in Chester Wing Outpatients and the Chemotherapy Unit.
Volunteers play a vital role in the running of the service from listening to providing quality information, completing benefits and Macmillan grants and signposting patients/carers to other projects within the Sunderland/Washington area.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Macmillan cancer information and support service please contact Deborah Spraggon on 0191 5410122 or email Macmillan.Information@chsft.nhs.uk for an informal discussion.
If patients are unwell and need help and support, home visits can be carried out. Contact the centre to make an appointment at a time convenient to you.
We help people with various worries; these are some examples of questions we have helped others answer:
Every experience of cancer is unique, but there are medical issues and emotions that many people share. Some people describe their experience of cancer as being like a journey. It is both a medical journey through treatment and an emotional journey through living with the uncertainties that cancer brings. When dealing with cancer you may have many questions, we hope to answer those questions and allay any fears you may have. We do this by providing emotional support, information and signposting you to other services.
The kind of questions we have been only too happy to help answer include:
Surviving cancer is all about living with the longer term emotional and physical effects of a cancer diagnosis. Relationship problems and financial difficulties are common effects of surviving cancer. The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service is here to help answer any questions people may have about the long term effects of surviving cancer.
Listed below are just some of questions we have answered for other cancer survivors.
Though no two experiences of grief are the same, there are some common experiences that many people will share. The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service can provide you with practical suggestions to help patients and their families get through this difficult time. We can help to answer any questions or concerns they have and provide information on how to plan for a funeral, probate, contacting insurance companies and assistance accessing practical and financial support if needed. We can also direct you to other services in your area that you may be able to access via your GP.
Some questions we might be able to help with:
Although your finances may not be the first thing on your mind after finding out you have cancer, there may well be changes to your lifestyle which could mean changes in you or your family's finances. Macmillan cancer support provides a range of information for patients and carers.
The government can offer various forms of financial help to patients and their carers.
Macmillan Cancer Support has produced a guide titled â€œHelp with the cost of cancerâ€ Macmillan has also produced a range of materials relating to financial issues for those with cancer and their families. The titles are as follows:
We offer a range of Complementary Therapies carried out by trained therapists to help combat stress, and aid relaxation through the patient's cancer journey.
Many patients suffering from cancer make use of this service to help ease feelings of anxiety, reduce symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation, insomnia and skin conditions. Call us to make an appointment.
Treatments offered are:
This service is delivered by Sunderland Counselling Services and offers counselling to individuals who have been diagnosed with any form of cancer or are at any stage of treatment for cancer. Counselling enables the client to explore how their current problems are affecting then and what issues may need to be addressed.
Referrals are made by the Centre Manager/volunteers direct to Sunderland Counselling Services Admin Team at the office base. All referrals are made with clientâ€™s knowledge and explicit consent.
We would encourage the use of only reputable websites when searching for information on the internet.Sometimes it can be daunting due to the volume of sites on the web and in order to try and help we have produce a list of recommended websites.Please click on the area you are interested in to get recommended websites related to that topic.
Macmillan Cancer Support if you would like any copies of the publications please contact the Macmillan cancer information and support service on 0191 5410122 or alternatively ring the free phone number 0800 808 00 00
Cancer Research UK provides patient information as well as latest news on cancer developments
NHS Cancer Screening information about the national cancer screening programme and what is involved in a screening
World Cancer Research Fund provides funding for research into all types of cancer as well as education programmes on healthy living
North of England Cancer Network is a comprehensive site offering local information about support groups as well as information on treatments and clinical trials for cancer
NHS Direct - use the search facility to look for information and articles on all types of cancer
CRUK teaching resources - resources and publications for teachers relating to cancer
Government information for carers - provides information about all the support carers are entitled to
Carers Trust - vast information resource for people carers and professionals working with carers. Forums, latest news and information about your rights and entitlements.
Carers UK - information and support for carers
Babble - forum and support for carers aged 18 and under
Rip Rap - contains information for those who have a parent who has cancer. Support to cope and stories from young people going through similar situations